Hundreds of East Texans gather in prayer, seeking guidance for the nation

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Thousands have gathered across the nation on Thursday, in observance of National Day of Prayer. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray. In honor of this day, a public prayer gathering was held at Bronaugh Park in Lufkin.

Hundreds of heads bowed, offering up prayers of guidance, peace, and strength for the country. City Councilwoman Sarah Murray says faith is what every American needs.

"There are too many of us that will stand up and say I want to pray for God, and we'll be answered," said Sarah Murray, Lufkin City Councilwoman, Ward 6.

She says many schools, workplaces, and other public places have silenced public prayer.

"I wish that they wouldn't have taken it out of schools and everywhere else because that's where it's mainly needed at," said Robert Shankle, Lufkin City Councilman, Ward 2.

One Lufkin pastor says the National Day of Prayer puts everything in perspective.

"There's this feeling that we need divine intervention in our lives," said Harmony Hill Baptist Church Senior Pastor, John Greene.

In times where it appears our nation is straying from the Biblical principles it was founded upon, city leaders and pastors are saying now it's more important than ever to reconnect with the truth. Greene says he, along with city officials, are seeking direction from above for families, our nation, and the world.

"There is this departure from some kind of stability in our lives. And, I think that is a sense why I pray that God will begin to draw us back together," said Greene.

This minister believes prayer and faith will unite all Americans.

Hudson is observing National Day of Prayer Thursday night at their gazebo in the park behind city hall. The prayer begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited and it's free to attend.

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